Ready-to-Wear Designer for Macy’s
Felicia Podberesky is a Ready-To-Wear Designer for Macy's and has been with the company for five years since graduating with her BFA in Fashion Design from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She started her career with internships at Macy's, St. Louis-based Wai Ming, and Fleabags, a small, women-owned handbag company in Brooklyn, NY. During her time at Washington University, Podberesky co-founded Armour Magazine when her and two friends recognized a lack of content highlighting and encouraging personal style on campus. She received both the Designer of the Year and Emerging Designer Awards for her senior thesis collection in addition to being a two-time YMA FSF scholarship recipient. Podberesky currently serves as an active member on the Fashion Scholarship Fund Alumni Board of Directors.
Podberesky is returning to Washington University for the Fall 2018 semester as visiting guest designer, mentoring the senior fashion design students on their thesis collections. She currently resides in New York City where she spends her time hunting through vintage stores, drawing, playing volleyball, climbing, and living by her mother's mantra, "it doesn't have to match, it just has to go".
Co-Founder and Creative Director of Mestiza New York
Alessandra Perez-Rubio, class of 2009, is the co-founder and creative director of Mestiza New York, a women’s ready-to-wear label whose mission is to pursue an uncompromised vision of elevated evening wear that is accessible and approachable. Alessandra grew up bi-culturally between the Philippines and California. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design from the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis. She began her career in New York as an advertorial designer at the New Yorker, The Knot and Architectural Digest. Alessandra co-founded Mestiza New York in 2015 along with fellow Washington University alumna Louisa Rechter, also class of 2009, and together they have grown the brand to be carried in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Moda Operandi, Revolve, Shopbop and Nordstrom as well as cultivated a resilient direct- to-consumer business on Mestizanewyork.com. In 2016, Alessandra was selected for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Incubator Program and was one of the top 4 finalists out of 25 designers. She has also had the privilege of being featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Vogue.com, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her designs have been worn by celebrity fans such as Chrissy Teigan, Ashley Graham, Kate Walsh, Jewel, among others. Alessandra is also a mother to her 3 year old son, Carlos, who was born the same day the Mestiza New York online store launched.
Storyboard Artist at Nickelodeon and previously at Marvel Entertainment
Alexandra Chiu is a storyboard artist working on the show Glitch Techs at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. She previously worked at Marvel Animation Studios on Marvel’s Spider-Man. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 with a BFA in Communication Design, and minors in Political Science and Writing. She worked on freelance projects in the Bay Area the summer after graduating before moving down to Los Angeles to work at Marvel Animation. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time at cafes drawing for herself and working on her own personal stories, and is often found playing video games with her friends. She loves to travel, and would love to visit Taiwan again. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @alexmchiu.
Executive Producer & Creative Director At Walt Disney Imagineering
As the creative lead for an all new Star Wars themed overnight adventure she works to bring a galaxy far, far away close enough for guests to step into and to play a part in the saga. Previously, she acted as the Global Producer for all Star Wars park activations and helped open such attractions as Hyperspace Mountain and Jedi Training Academy in Disney Parks all around the world.
Ann Morrow received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. She then graduated from the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of Management with a combined M. Arch & MBA. She is a licensed architect in the state of California.